Schaefer International Gallery at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului will present an exhibition of three photographers, whose images serve as a vehicle for commentary on nature, cultural identity and social history. The exhibition, entitled Photography, Passion and Risk, will launch Sunday and run through July 21.
The photographers are Ed Goldstein, Miki Nitadori and Bruna Stude, who will share Schaefer gallery with three engaging bodies of work that explore the potential of traditional film, digital photography and time-based media.
Contemporary artworks that include video, film, slide, audio, or computer-based technologies are all referred to as time-based media, "Because they have duration as a dimension and unfold to the viewer over time" (as defined by the Guggenheim Museum in New York).
Living in France, Miki Nitadori did this untitled photo transfer onto fabric that will be on
exhibit from Sunday to July 21 at Schaefer International Gallery at Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Photo courtesy the MACC
Abstract by Fred KenKnight
Photo courtesy Village Galleries
Big Island photographer Goldstein will display his exhibit, "America Hand Made." He began his career in the Los Angeles area as a successful commercial photographer in advertising, and then continued to hone his skills as a fine art photographer.
"I've always loved tools," he says of the exhibit. "I remember when I was a kid, I worked on my bicycle with a cast iron wrench and noticed how proud I felt to fix something with my own hands and strengths. That wrench became my friend I relied upon for my independence and freedom.
"In recent years, I've noticed that the traditional darkroom is being replaced with new state-of-the-art digital 'darkroom' equipment. In response to this, I have rescued old-process lenses that were to be consigned to the scrap heap and replaced with new technology. I have also salvaged darkroom safelights, enlargers and sinks. Simultaneously, I have been gathering traditional hand tools from garages, antique shops, scrap yards and friends' studios. The idea came to me that I should be using these handcrafted antique cameras and lenses to resurrect and honor the life in these tools."
Nitadori's exhibit, "Reflect," is based upon her childhood in several areas of the globe such as Thailand, Hawaii and Europe. Her art training began at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, and she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Paris American Academy, specializing in painting; and a certificate from Speos Photographic Institute.
Nitadori has collaborated with dancers and musicians in Paris since the 1990s as part of the artistic movement on Rue Rivoli. She currently resides there with her husband and two children.
Nitadori explains her works are about Japanese immigration revived in today's context, and multicultural Hawaii as seen in today's world.
"Through this exhibition, I wish that the audience will be able to enjoy the images of people of yesterday and today, and give another thought and light to common photographs (what may be sleeping in the dark corner of every household) to revalue their own cultural heritage."
"These works are very important to me, as they are closely linked to my identity as a Japanese, a foreigner, a migrant, an emigrant or an immigrant. I moved to Maui when I was 11 and it opened up a dialogue within me about history, immigration and integration. My meeting with older generation Japanese and Japanese-Americans changed my life. I am continuing my life in other countries but Maui has been important to me as it is one of the main inspirations."
Stude captures images of the ocean in her exhibit, "71%," with photographs that show off her signature form of the platinum /palladium prints, a process which provides the greatest tonal range of any printing method using chemical development.
A graduate from the Law University in Split, Croatia, Stude worked as a newspaper and radio reporter, then left Croatia in 1987 to pursue a life at sea. Forsaking her native environs, Stude says photography gave her a new identity in the life and rhythms of the sea.
She circumnavigated the globe several times, pausing sometimes for months in remote areas accessible only by water. In 2002, she found her new home on the island of Kauai.
"The world today is run by numbers," she says. "Everything is measured in percentages. So I thought, why not to look at the ocean in numbers. Oceans cover 71 percent of earth's surface. By the way, 95 percent of the underwater world is unexplored.
Presented by the MACC, the exhibit is curated by Gallery Director Neida Bangerter.
Schaefer International Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays as well as pre-shows and intermissions for Castle Theater events. Admission is always free. For more information, contact Bangerter at 243-4288; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maui woodworker, Cole Warren, will be the featured artist at the Maui Crafts Guild in Paia from Friday through June 20. You may meet the artist during his opening reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, when there will be refreshments and live music by Upcountry Celtic to enjoy. Known for turned wooden bowls and Banksia pens, Cole also creates small tables and makes long legged boxes from exotic woods he says he has "hoarded" for years. "The thrill of cutting into a chunk of burl to see what you've really got is why I do this. Please come to Paia and see the result of my efforts," he says.
The current artist in residence at the Village Galleries at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is Fred KenKnight. Meet him at a special reception and exhibition
from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, lobby level of the hotel.
"Currently, for a change of pace and my own pleasure, I am painting mostly abstracts, relying on color and form without restrictions of realistic subject matter," he says. "With abstracts there is a great sense of freedom and adventure. I'm enjoying the journey."
At Village Galleries in Lahaina, come and enjoy "2 Artists - 2 Views" with the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
The artists are Rich Kenny and Erin Williams, and their works will be on exhibit through June 13.
The Lahaina gallery is located at 120 Dickenson St. For more details, you may call 661-4402 or visit the website at www.villagegalleriesmaui.com.